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    October 16, 2012
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>> pelley: tonight, round two: the presidential candidates debate amid surprising new poll information. can either man break away tonight? reports from jan crawford, nancy cordes, and john dickerson. social security recipients get a raise and we'll look at how the candidates would save the program for the future. how would you change social security? mark strassmann has the story. she could be the bravest girl in the world. charlie d'agata on the condition of the 14-year-old shot for standing up to the taliban. and with tonight's debate on a college campus, we asked the youngest voters how they will choose a president. >> we are all in debt. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley reporting tonight from hempstead new york.
>> pelley: good evening. we're at hofstra university on long island just east of new york city for the second of three debates between president obama and mitt romney. the candidates will take questions from uncommitted voters-- 82 of those voters will be on the stage behind me. can the president use this stage to bounce back from what he admits was a bad night at the first debate. a night that turned out to be a game changer. after that first debate, the race went from dead even to a slight but steady lead for governor romney-- though within the margin of error. but now have a look at this. the latest gallup poll out today shows he has opened a four-point lead over the president, 50% to 46%. that is outside the margin of error. so a small but genuine and growing lead. and this was surprising today. gallup shows that in the tossup states that are likely to tip the balance, romney has cut
deeply into one of the president's major strengths. he still trails mr. obama among women, but now by just a single point. we'll see if later polls bear that out. we have a team of campaign 2012 correspondents covering the debate and we're going to go first to jan crawford with the romney campaign. >> reporter: well, scott, if you look at these polls, one of the reasons it's so striking to see governor romney's increased support with women voters is that earlier in this campaign he trailed with women voters by double digits. his support with married women voters is solid, but if you look inside these polls, there is a dramatic split. the president, according to the latest politico/george washington university poll, actually leads overwhelmingly with single women, 70% to 27%. romney leads with married women, 52% to 46%. so he has a real opportunity as he arrives here tonight to continue reaching out to those women voters.
his aides tell me he will continue his focus on the economy, basically arguing that we can not afford to saddle the next generation, our children, with this crushing massive debt. they say his point basically will be the real war on women is the president's economic policies. >> pelley: jan, if this isn't a must-win for the president it is at least a must-not-lose debate. he's been practicing and we're going to turn now to nancy cordes. nancy? >> reporter: good evening, scott. campaign aides tell us the president is much better prepared for tonight's debate than last time. he's spent the past three days doing debate prep in williamsburg, virginia, with his top aids. with his top aides, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and they tell us after looking at tapes of his first performance the president wants to focus much more mely tonight on think plans for the next four years, particularly for the middle class. sounds basic but it's something that top democrats had complained was missing from the first debate. aides also tell us not to expect an overly aggressive president obama tonight.
they say that's not his style even though the romney camp is predicting it. they also say it's not the style of tonight's debate. it's a town hall format where most of the questions will be coming not from the moderator but from audience members. these two candidates need to focus just as heavily on connecting with that audience as they need to focus on raining blows on one another, scott. >> pelley: thanks, nancy. john dickerson is our cbs news political director and, john, what should our viewers watch for tonight? >> they should watch to see if the candidates are listening. we've heard about the preparations they've made. president obama has been preparing to point out that mitt romney hasn't offered a lot of details. mitt romney has been working on stories about working with democrats in massachusetts. but what really distinguishes a candidate in these town hall settings is that they can show they're listening, both to the voters and to their opponents. then they can react into a political moment that works out well for them. barack obama worked for three years as a community organizer, listening to people. governor romney as a bishop in
the mormon church offered pastoral guidance to people on their marriages, on addictions. he has experience listening to people. they both want to get across that they hear what people are going through. there's no better way to do that than to show they're listening. >> pelley: a very different kind of event tonight. john, thank you. today marks three weeks to election day but remember that folks in 40 states are already casting ballots. absentee or early voting at the polls. so the debate comes as ballots are being marked. in the first debate, 67 million americans watched on t.v. that's the most since 1992. probably be more tonight. we'll have live coverage of tonight's debate beginning at 9:00 eastern time, 8:00 central. that's 6:00 in the west. today one of the biggest american banks announced a surprise change at the top. vikram pandit resigned suddenly as chief executive at citigroup. it was a dispute with the board over the direction of the company.
vikram steered citigroup through the financial crisis and took a $545 billion government bailout which citigroup has since repaid. in another story today on finance, a new report shows that americans are having a lot less trouble with debt these days. it's an important step forward so we asked anthony mason to find out more. >> reporter: in dallas, sherry mafia used to dread getting her credit card bills. >> i maxed out discover, american express, and visa. hey, girl! >> reporter: the 62-year-old administrative assistant fell $15,000 in debt, in part paying her late mother's funeral expenses. but slowly she's been paying down those debts. now she looks forward to the mail delivery. >> because it won't be long and it will be a zero balance. >> reporter: and across the country consumer credit default rates have been declining steadily. a new survey shows default rates
for mortgages and bank cards have plunged to their lowest levels since the end of the recession. the bank card default rate-- which soared above 9% in 2010-- has dropped to 3.7%. the mortgage default rate has fallen from a peak of more than 5.5% to less than a quarter of that today. this is what we want to see happen, isn't it? >> reporter: absolutely. >> reporter: max wolf is chief economist for green crest capital. >> it's an unambiguous positive. we want to see the default rate go down. it is a healing sign. it means the wound is healing over. >> reporter: sherry mafia, who refused to file for bankruptcy, will finally pay off that $15,000 debt in december. >> it's euphoria, you know? i just count the payments-- how many more payments until that will be paid off and it's wonderful. look what i've got! >> reporter: after nearly five years on a tight budget, her credit record will be clear again. >> i didn't think i could do it. i really didn't. but i did.
>> reporter: the default rate for auto loans did tick up slightly last month but it's still near historic lows and the overall default rate on consumer loans, scott, has declined for nine straight months. >> pelley: anthony, we noticed there was another positive sign for the economy today: confidence among home builders reached a six-year high. an industry index shows that builders are twice as optimistic as they were last year. there is a memorial service tonight at san francisco's city hall for christopher stevens. he was the u.s. ambassador to libya killed with three other americans in that terror attack last month on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. stevens was 52 and leaves a wife and two children. bill whitaker is covering. ambassador stevens was remembered today by diplomats and dignitaries, politicians and friends, they gathered to commemorate him in the grand rotunda of san francisco city hall. >> our city will always remember
ambassador stevens as a hero who served all americans. >> u.n. diplomat and visiting, c berkeley professor bartu worked closely with him through the libyan civil war and remembers him as a best friend and as a competent miss player. >> he would wear you down. >> always with pa smile on his face, that's how he did his diplomacy. >> and that is what made stevens a stabilizing force in and unsettled part of the world. >> so he wasn't the type of diplomat who stayed behind diplomatic walls. he got out among the people. >> that is true. he was very widely regarded. his family is being overwhelmed with expressions of condolence. >> both the state department and congress are investigating whether more could have been done to protect the consulate in benghazi. >> what do you think he would think of his death being at the center of a heated political
debate? >> he would prefer that the big picture not be lost sight of. there are some elements of foreign policy which should be done in a bipartisan way and this is one of them. >> stevens father told us he didn't know whether his son had a party affiliation or not, you could say his father added that his party was the united states of america, which he served loyally and with all his heart. bill whitaker, cbs news, san francisco. >> >> pelley: stevens' death has become part of the political debate and will likely come up here tonight. secretary of state hillary clinton said yesterday that she takes responsibility for the security failure in benghazi. last night in peru our state department correspondent margaret brennan asked secretary clinton how that failure happened. >> reporter: it wasn't an intelligence failure? >> i'm not going to get into the blame game. i think intelligence is very hard to do. and what we're going to find out as we do this accountability review and we get what will be
the best possible chronology that will be attached to what we knew when which takes time, it can not be just produced automatically. nobody wants to get answers more than i do. these were people who i care deeply about. i knew chris stevens. i personally nominated him to be ambassador because i could not think of a better person to represent the united states, somebody who understood what was at stake for libya, what was at stake for the united states, how these revolutions could be so positive or could be hijacked. and i want everybody to know that we're going to get to the bottom of this and when we do, that information will all be public and people will be able to draw their own conclusions. >> pelley: secretary clinton told margaret she's waiting for the results of a state department investigation. the f.b.i. and congress are also looking into it. we noticed today a big change coming in cuba.
the communist government said today that cubans will no longer need an exit visa to leave the country. fidel castro imposed that requirement 51 years ago, trapping most cubans on the island. exit restrictions will still apply to doctors, scientists, and anybody else they think is essential to national security. a picasso and two monets vanish in a daring art heist. federal agents raid a pharmacy connected to the deadly meningitis outbreak. and there's a million-dollar bounty in the shooting of a pakistani girl who stood up to the taliban. when the "cbs evening news" continues. eat up! new jammin jerk chicken soup has tasty pieces of chicken with rice and beans. you know the giants don't have a mascot right mom? [ male announcer ] campbell's chunky soup. it fills you up right.
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>> pelley: in massachusetts today, agents with the food and drug administration raided the pharmacy linked to a deadly outbreak of meningitis. the new england compounding center manufactured steroids that are the suspected source of the infection. the outbreak has spread across 15 states. 233 people have been sickened, 15 have died. new england compounding has declined to comment. the more than 56 million americans on social security will be getting a raise in january. the cost of living adjustment for what little inflation there is amounts to 1.7%. that comes to $21 a month on average. social security is likely to come up at the debate here
tonight, so we asked mark strassmann to tell us what the candidates would do to save it. >> reporter: in new orleans, john altobellow's family business sells stone for kitchen remodeling. >> i love what i do, show up here every morning and we go to work and enjoy every minute of it. >> reporter: six days a week? >> six days a week. not only me, but also my wife and son. >> reporter: 56 years old, how much longer do you want to do it? >> somewhere around ten to 15 years. >> reporter: since 1940, social security has been etched in stone. in 1945, 42 workers paid into the program for every retiree. but america is aging. by 2033, there will be two workers paying in for every retiree. social security could fall 25 cents short for every dollar it owes in benefits. >> unlike the current president, we will preserve and protect medicare and social security and keep them there for future generations. ( cheers and applause )
>> reporter: mitt romney says he would not change anything for people already retired or older than 55. but he has proposed a gradual increase in the eligibility age for social security-- one month per year beginning in 2022. romney told "60 minutes" benefits should be reduced for high-income americans. >> people with higher incomes won't get the same high growth rate in their benefits as people of lower incomes. >> reporter: president obama has not outlined a comprehensive plan to overhaul social security. he opposes raising the retirement age or privatizing the system. >> we are going to keep the promise of social security. we're not going to turn it over to wall street. ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: but mr. obama says he's open to slowing the program's growth by limiting cost of living increases.
john altobello is luckier than most. his retirement savings don't count on social security. >> all indications are it's going to run out of money in maybe not the near future but coming up fairly close. in my retirement age, in my lifetime, it will end. >> reporter: altobello worries his sons and younger employees will never see a nickel from social security. after 72 years on the job, the federal retirement program must change, though no one can be sure exactly how to make it rock-solid. mark strassmann, cbs news, new orleans. >> pelley: doctors say they're impressed by the recovery of the pakistani girl who was shot by the taliban. her story is next. next. i'm breathing better. th advair, so now i can be in the scene. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function. unlike most copd medications, advair contains both an anti-inflammatory and a long-acting bronchodilator working together to help improve your lung function all day. advair won't replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms and should not be used more than twice a day.
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>> pelley: pakistan's government put up a one million bounty for the taliban shooting of malala yousafzai. malala was shot last week. she'd been campaigning for years for the right of girls to go to school but she was shot by the taliban in her own school bus. yesterday she was flown to birmingham, england, for advanced medical treatment for a head wound. charlie d'agata is there tonight and, charlie, how is she doing? >> reporter: well, scott, doctors told us that malala has been making good progress. they say they've been impressed by the strength and the resilience she has shown. her team of doctors are now drawing up a coordinated plan for her recovery, including, of course, reconstructive surgery of her skull. we've also learned that her family has arrived here safely from pakistan. her parents and her two younger brothers. they've been closely guarded by
the pakistani army since malala was shot by the taliban last week, now they will be inside this compound for their own privacy, security, and, of course, to be closer to malala. >> pelley: thank you, charlie. there was a major art heist today in holland. thieves broke into a museum in rotterdam before dawn and made off with seven paintings. the list of stolen works reads like a book on art history. picasso, two monets, a matisse and a gauguin. no price tag has been put to the paintings, but it is safe to say they are worth many millions. they are college students from different backgrounds voting for different candidates but they have one thing in common. we'll hear from them next. can orencia help? [ woman ] i wanted to get up when i was ready, not my joints. [ female announcer ] could your "i want" become "i can"? talk to your doctor. orencia reduces many ra symptoms
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romney. shanice whitney, kansas city, missouri, supports the president. jesse vanderkrol from lynville, iowa, is voting for mr. obama and madison boswell of humboldt, iowa, is undecided. how many of you have had an unemployed parent say over the last four years or so? no kidding? tell me about the unemployment in your family. >> being in a single parent household, when that one parent loses their job is very hard. i think i'm going to say probably, oh, about eight months she didn't have a job and it was really hard. >> my dad lost his job when i was a sophomore in high school and the company just went under, bankruptcy, and it was really hard. >> both my parents had lost their jobs before but recently it was my mother and this is what's scary where an engineer and doctor can lose their jobs. >> pelley: so many of you have suffered through this period and the difficulty and the frightening nature of having a
parent unemployed and for about half of you it's made you fervent democrats and the other half it's made you fervent republicans. ( laughter ) just goes to show. >> i remember at one point when my dad wasn't working and my mom was working and my parents always worked the hardest to get back on their feet and, you know, i really learned a lot about individual initiative. >> pelley: is the economy the most important issue that you want to hear discussed? >> we're all probably majoring in a little debt. >> pelley: majoring in debt? ( laughs ) >> we are all in debt and i just want to feel comfortable being able to have debt and at least being able to have take-home pay when i have a job after i graduate and still be able to live like comfortably. >> pelley: i wonder how all of you view washington. >> we are not pleased with how they act. that's both sides of the party. it used to be years ago when a kennedy administration says we're going to space and nixon administration achieves it.
now it comes to a point where they don't even react to one another. they don't sit with each other. having a conversation as, you know, individuals over a beer, it's something that needs-- we need to see more of. >> pelley: beer once in a while isn't a bad thing? ( laughter ) >> not at all. >> in moderation. >> pelley: if any of you could ask a question at the debate, what would it be? >> i would just ask them simply what policies are you going to put in place to see to it i have a good job when i graduate? not that i'm flipping burgers at mcdonald's-- which would technically count me as employed-- but a good job, i actually want to use my degree and be a productive member of society. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. we will be back at 6:00 o'clock with our live coverage of the presidential debate. for now, for all of us at cbs news, all around the world, i am scott pelley in them stead new york, hempsted, new york, see you in just a minute. captioning s,,,,,,,,